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Discover New Zealand

22 Days from £4,849

Discover the rich Maori culture, glittering lakes and empty white beaches of the North Island, then journey to the otherworldly South Island, the home of towering fjord lands, snow-dusted mountains and true Tolkien country.

Departure from: Jan 2019 - Nov 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air New Zealand
  • 18 nights in 3 to 4-star hotels plus 3 nights in flight
  • 20 meals: 18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Driver Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
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Included holiday highlights

  • ​Tour of Auckland
  • Visit the Treaty House of Waitangi
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Lake Taupo
  • New Zealand's capital Wellington
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine train
  • Maori concert with 'hangi' dinner
  • Beautiful Milford Sound including lunch
  • Glow worm caves
  • See the Moeraki Beach Boulders

Please note that for 2019 departures Maori concert with ‘hangi’ dinner will no longer be included, but offered as an optional tour.


 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £1,500 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/New Zealand

​Today you'll fly to New Zealand.​

DAY 3 Auckland

You cross the International Dateline during your flight, so you lose day two and arrive in Auckland on the morning of day three. Don't worry, you'll get the day back on the way home!
We'll stay here for the next two nights and the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.​

DAY 4 Auckland

On our tour today you'll experience the stunning landscapes of Auckland, on North Island. Here you'll find thermal springs and geysers, glorious national parks, luxuriant forests, stunning lakes and more.​

DAY 5 Paihia

Travelling up the Hibiscus Coast, we'll visit the historic Treaty House of Waitangi en route to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands.​

DAY 6 Paihia

Spend the day exploring independently, or join an optional excursion to Cape Reinga. You'll travel along Ninety Mile Beach, negotiate the Te Paki Quick Sand Stream, visit a lighthouse and enjoy views of the Pacific meeting the Tasman Sea.​

DAY 7 Paihia

On an optional excursion today you can cruise to Cape Brett to look for dolphins.

DAY 8 Rotorua

North Island was shaped by the fire of volcanoes, and evidence of this remains in the thermal springs surrounding Rotorua. Our journey here takes us through the Waikato farming region, home of the Maori kingdom. We'll spend the next two nights in Roturua and if you wish, you could take an optional float plane or helicopter flight to Mount Tarawera.

DAY 9 Rotorua

Your scenic tour today takes you to Te Puia Thermal Reserve, where you'll see boiling mud pools and dramatic spouting geysers. You can also opt to join a tour of Hobbiton, the location created for the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films.
Tonight, we'll experience a Maori concert and sample a Hangi, a meal cooked by steam underground.

DAY 10 Wellington

Admire the Huka Falls as we travel through the Wairakei Valley to Lake Taupo and Wellington. On arrival in New Zealand's capital, a tour will help you to get your bearings.​

DAY 11 Wellington

We're going to explore Wellington on foot and see sights such as Te Papa Museum, the waterfront and the botanical gardens. We'll also take a trip on the famous Wellington Funicular.

DAY 12 Christchurch

Today we're going to cross the Cook Strait to South Island and travel to Christchurch for an overnight stay.​

DAY 13 TranzAlpine train

You've a spectacular journey ahead, as we step aboard the TranzAlpine train and head into the Southern Alps. Here you'll see majestic gorges and towering snow-capped peaks. Our journey continues to the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier regions. Later, if the weather conditions are right, you'll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flight over the glacier.​

DAY 14 Queenstown

The road through the Westland National Park has to be one of the most scenic ever built. It crosses Clark Bluff and the Haast River Bridge and today we'll drive along it on our way to Queenstown.​

DAY 15 Queenstown

During your day of leisure discover the city at your own pace. If you wish you could enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Wakatipu with dinner at Walter Peak.​

DAY 16 Te Anau

Today is the day you visit one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand – Milford Sound. Weather permitting, we'll take in the fjord's majesty on a boat trip.​

DAY 17 Dunedin

With their eerie light, the Glow Worm Caves are an amazing sight, and you'll see them before we head to Dunedin for a two-night stay.​

DAY 18 Dunedin

Spend time exploring at leisure today, or join an optional trip to the Royal Albatross Colony on the Otago Peninsula.​

DAY 19 Omarama

As we travel northwards to Omarama, we'll make a stop at the Moeraki beach boulders, huge spherical rocks shrouded in myth and legend. Our route then follows the Waitiki River inland.​

DAY 20 Christchurch

We're bound for the Mount Cook region this morning. On the way we'll make a stop at Lake Tekapo before heading over Burkes Pass and continuing across the Canterbury plains. Mount Cook is the highest peak in New Zealand, at 12,000ft, and if weather conditions are favourable you might be tempted to view it on an optional scenic flight. We'll arrive in Christchurch late this afternoon and stay in the city overnight.​

DAY 21 Christchurch/UK

We'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to the UK. You'll cross the International Dateline again, meaning you gain back the time lost at the start of your tour.​

DAY 22 UK

​You'll arrive in the UK today.​

If you book 'Make Your Own Way' your tour will end at the final hotel. You do have the option of joining the group visit to the JFK museum and transfer to Boston Logan airport. 

 


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 3 - 4 :

Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland
Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland is situated within walking distance from a range of shopping and dining options on Queen Street. It is also in close proximity to main sightseeing attractions of Auckland. Modern rooms feature en-suite facilities, flat-screen TVs and sleep-aid aromatherapy kits. Wi-Fi is also available for a fee. Other hotel facilities include gym, sauna, a lobby cocktail bar and a restaurant.

Day 5 - 7 :

Kingsgate Hotel Pahia
Featuring 100 rooms and 13 suites, the hotel also offers amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, and games room. Dine in Reef Restaurant where waterfront views accompany your meals. Delight in gorgeous views over the bay at Paihia View Point, hike to the breathtaking Haruru Falls, or swim with playful dolphins on one of the many tours. Enjoy a slower pace of life right here.

Day 8 - 9 :

Sudima Lake Rotorua
The 3.5-star Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is set on the shores of the lake and close to Rotorua''s vibrant city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, safe, refrigerator, iron, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 10 - 11 :

Park Hotel Lambton Quay
The Park Hotel Lambton Quay is situated in the heart of Wellington. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, bar & fitness centre. Rooms are furnished with free Wi-Fi, TV, tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Day 12 :

Elms Hotel Christchurch
The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.

Day 13 :

Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph Glacier
The 4-star Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. The hotel offers facilities including a restaurant, The Moa Bar with an open fireplace, guest laundry, and complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. All 130 rooms feature en suite facilities, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, fridge, mini bar, heater and hairdryer.

Day 14 - 15 :

Holiday Inn Queenstown Frankton Road
The 3-star Holiday Inn Frankton Road in Queenstown has a peaceful setting amongst alpine scenery and picturesque lakes, yet it''s conveniently close to the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna and tennis court. Bedrooms have private facilities, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Day 16 :

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau
This hotel is located a short walk away from Lake Te Anau. Rooms feature Fiordland-themed décor and come with free Wi-Fi, en-suite facilities and tea/coffee-making facilities. Other hotel amenities include a fitness centre and various dining options, including the bar with a fireplace.

Day 17 - 18 :

Victoria Hotel - Dunedin
The Victoria Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Dunedin, close to local attractions. Every room features refrigerator, radio, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Modern New Zealand cuisine can be enjoyed in a restaurant, located on-site.

Day 19 :

Heritage Gateway Hotel
The 3-star Gateway Heritage Hotel in Omarama is set amongst landscaped gardens offering wonderful views of the surrounding mountains.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, iron, refrigerator, tea/coffee-maker and hairdryer.

Day 20 :

Elms Hotel Christchurch
The 3.5-star Elms Hotel is located in the Papanui area of Christchurch, with bars and restaurants in the local vicinity. The city centre is within easy reach.


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Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Cape Brett - Paihia

FROM £78

Here is your chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a four hour cruise on a large catamaran. You will have the chance of seeing Bottle Nose dolphins NZ fur seals plus lots of bird life. We cruise out to Cape Brett the famous “Hole in the rock” and if the sea conditions permit the boat will venture through the hole. On our return journey we will have a beautiful island stop before making our way back to Paihia. Lunch is included.

Half Day – Scenic Cruise

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Cape Reinga and Cape Brett - Paihia - Dual Ticket - Prebookable Only

FROM £129

Cape Brett
A chance to explore the beautiful Bay of Islands further, with a cruise to Cape Brett - the 'Hole in the Rock'.
Half Day – Scenic Cruise – Must do - Lunch is included.

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Cape Reinga
A full day excursion to Cape Reinga, described as ‘one of the finest scenic day tours in the world’. Enjoy a drive on Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the spectacular views, including the meeting of the two oceans, the blue Pacific and the deep green Tasman Sea.
Full Day – Lunch Included – Cultural Interest

Please note: for customers booking the dual ticket we are able to offer a special discount. No discount can be given to the excursions if booked individually.

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Dart River - Queenstown

FROM £134

This is a fantastic opportunity. After a Chinamans Bluff bush walk (a reasonable level of fitness is necessary for this walk) through ancient Beech forests, and a 4 wheel drive ride near the top of lake Wakitipu, you will get the chance to experience an exhilarating jet boat ride.

Please Note : We advise that you take warm clothes.

Full Day excursion – One hour Jet boat ride included – Moderate Walking

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Jet Boat ride - Queenstown

FROM £70

If you are after an adrenaline rush then you must take a ride on the Kawarau Jetboat. From Queenstown a 50 min thrill of a lifetime jetboat ride cruising across Lake Wakatipu to the emerald green waters of the Kawarau River then onto the shallow, fast moving Shotover River. You will travel at speeds of up to 50mph, often in water only 4-6 inches deep.

45 Minutes - Unforgettable Experience

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Royal Albatross Colony - Dunedin

FROM £63

This unique Tour is the best way to experience Taiaroa Head's history and wildlife. The fully guided tour includes an introduction, followed by a short film and a visit to the Observatory to see the nesting Royal Albatross. The tour continues with an opportunity to learn about the unique periods of use both by Maori and European on the Headland.

Please note - There is a limited number of spaces available on this excursion, we would recommend you to pre-book this excursion.

Half Day – Unique experience – moderate walking

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Walter Peak Cruise and Dinner - Queenstown

FROM £72

A return scenic cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm onboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. On disembarking at Walter Peak, guests are welcomed and escorted through the lakeside gardens to the Colonel’s Homestead where they are seated for dinner. Our colonial homestead features a stately ballroom and finely appointed rooms each featuring a roaring open fire to evoke a cosy atmosphere on colder evenings. The Gourmet BBQ menu, designed by Kiwi Celebrity Chef Josh Emett, incorporates the fresh seasonal produce and locally hunted game and seafood so famous in the Central Otago region and surrounding coastal areas. All meat and seafood is cooked on the outdoor BBQ and rotisserie, in front of guests and served immediately. A locally influenced wine list and other beverages are also available to purchase at the bar. Following dinner, visitors have the option of a brief farm show or relaxing at the bar before returning onboard the TSS Earnslaw to Queenstown. A tradition is the TSS Earnslaw’s sing-along around the piano on the return journey.

Scenic Cruise – Dinner Included – Not to be missed

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Cape Reinga - Paihia

FROM £80

Full day excursion to Cape Reinga, described as ‘one of the finest scenic day tours in the world’. Enjoy a drive on Ninety Mile Beach and marvel at the spectacular views, including the meeting of the two oceans, the blue Pacific and the deep green Tasman Sea. Let the drivers immerse you in the culture and history of the Far North while taking in the amazing scenery. Your excursion includes a freshly prepared buffet lunch.

Full Day – Lunch Included – Cultural Interest

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Hobbiton - Rotorua

FROM £61

You will be transported to the Hobbiton Movie set tour which is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1.250 acre sheep farm with its spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created.
Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Specially brewed beverages are available at The Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour.

Note: Tours run in all weather conditions. Umbrellas are provided in the event of rain however it is recommended you take comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

Please note: due to a wide selection of excursions available, you may choose either the Hobbiton excursion or the Rainbow Springs and Gondola ride excursion due to time restraints.

4 and a half hours – Moderate Walking - Must do opportunity

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Cultural Experience and Tamaki Hangi Feast

FROM £67

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with a visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. The most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time. Welcome to the world of the Maori! On this evening excursion you’ll interact with the Maori and experience things such as seeing the earth being scraped carefully away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets laden with a sumptuous mouth-watering feast cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. At the heart of the village you’ll be entertained with a powerful performance including action songs, poi, stick games and the wold famous ‘haka’ – the Maori War Dance!

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – Unforgettable

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Discover New Zealand with Cook Islands Add-on

Extend your holiday to 26 days from £799

Jan 2019 - Nov 2020 Departures

Extend your New Zealand holiday with a five-night stay in Rarotonga, in the beautiful Cook Islands. This tropical paradise is blessed with a year-round idyllic climate and the South Pacific's most spectacular scenery. During your time here get out and about to explore native forests which ring to the sound of exotic birdsong, or spend your days lazing on the sand or snorkelling among the colourful coral reef. You will stay on a bed-and-breakfast basis at the 4-star Manula Beach Resort, which sits right on the beach and has facilities including an open-air restaurant, a poolside bar and a beachside infinity pool. This add-on includes the services of a Local Representative.

Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

FAVOURITE MOMENTS

Jaw-dropping scenery and natural splendour, nothing prepares you for the sheer magnificence of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound.


Cook Islands

The Cook Islands, the secret of the Pacific

Breathe in the fresh pure air. Wade into the cool, calm, blue lagoons. Let the untouched charm of these beautiful Cook Islands capture your spirit and hold your heart. 

The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii in the South Pacific. scattered like fragrant frangipani petals floating across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean.

Boasting rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people with the widest white smiles and a pace of life unsurpassed for peace: the Cook Islands are an Island Paradise. 

Getting there

Easily reached, the Cook Islands are the perfect add-on to your New Zealand tour, just four hours away. Travelling onwards to London, you are one stop away via Los Angeles.

Crossing the dateline to the reach the Cook Islands you get to ‘go back in time’ - why not plan your trip to celebrate that special occasion twice!

Discover us

Rarotonga – the main island in the Cook Islands and the island with the international airport. Home to 12,000 of the 18,000 Cook Islands call Rarotonga home.

Just 32Km or 20 miles in circumference with only one continuous road, nothing on Rarotonga is more than 20 minutes away

Clockwise / Anticlockwise – where else in the World are there two buses an hour, timetabled to go around the island, one clockwise one anti-clockwise. No need for bus stops – just flag the driver down whenever you see the bus coming!

Fancy a swim – with 20km or 14 miles of uninterrupted public beach, lay your towel wherever you want and take a dip in the lagoon surrounding the island.

Work up a bit of sweat – why not trek across the island. The untouched volcanic interior, can be explored by foot – a morning trekking followed by a refreshing dip under a waterfall, is a must for many visitors

Trekking not for you – other options include 4x4, Quad bikes and cycle tours enable you to see day to day life in Rarotonga.

Have a Whale of a time – visit between July and September and you can see the Hump Back Whales close to shore. No need for boats, simply sit on the beach and watch the whales beyond the reef.

Island Night – proud of their Cook Islands and Polynesian heritage, enjoy an island night, with traditional Umu (underground Oven) feast and Cook Island dancers.

Punanganui Market – meet all the new friends you have met during your stay at the Saturday morning market in town.

Bag a bargain – you will find an array of things to buy from Black Pearls to Handicrafts, Pareos to colourful Cook Island shirt……..and with the NZ$ as the currency , spending couldn’t be easier!

 

Sunday – the local churches openly welcome visitors – listen to those traditional hymns being sung in Cook Island Mauri, and admire the fine Sunday attire worn by the worshipers

 

AItutaki Lagoon –

One of the most idyllic lagoons in the World. Explore this unspoilt Aitutaki – half atoll, half island. Just 45 minutes flight from Rarotonga and you will discover what paradise really is.

One Foot Island – found in Aitutaki lagoon, this legendary island is yours to enjoy. Don’t forget your passport for that ‘One Foot Island’ stamp!

Giant Clams and Giant Trevally – this turquoise blue lagoon, is home to giant clams and the fast swimming Giant Trevally. Grab your snorkel and fins to get up close to them both!

Stay with us - The island is your resort! Forget the big chains, in the Cook Islands all the hotels are owner operated, hospitality is personal!

Eat with us – with over 50 restaurants and bars on Rarotonga, including the world famous Muri Night market, to some of the South Pacific’s finest restaurants. You’ll be sure to eat well in the Cook Islands at prices that you will find surprisingly good value.

Cook Islands

It easy to say what we do have – but come and visit us for what we don’t have too! No big hotel chains, no international fast food restaurants, no escalators, no elevators, no traffic lights, no zebra crossings.  We do have wifi hotspots and we do have mobile networks (check your provider) but in the Cook Islands you will find the things you find important at home, are not important when holiday with us.

Don’t forget every traveller with Travelsphere will receive $200 NZ cash card, which can be spent in over 80 locations in the Cook Islands!



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